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Starting February 3, 2013, Payback (La Dette) (2011, 86 min), directed by Jennifer Baichwal, will be screened as part of the Rendez-vous de l’ONF en Acadie in several New Brunswick and Nova Scotia communities.

Based on the Margaret Atwood bestseller, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, this feature documentary explores the concept of debt in all its forms and presents the views of fascinating and influential figures, including Louise Arbour, Karen Armstrong, Conrad Black, Raj Patel and Bill Rees. The film explores the link between debtor and creditor in a variety of contexts and places—from the mountains of northern Albania to the tomato fields of southern Florida—blending compelling stories about “owing and being owed” with the views of renowned thinkers.

“Both visceral and revealing, the film Payback compels us to re-examine the foundations of social inequality, what we value and the essential role that debts play in the way we organize our lives—a decisive role for our relationships, society and the fate of the planet.” Caroline Libresco, Sundance Film Festival

Although Payback is Canadian director Jennifer Baichwal’s first film adaptation, she has been directing and producing documentaries for 18 years. Her films have been screened around the world and garnered awards in Canada and abroad. Her works include Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (1998), The Holier It Gets (1999) and The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia (2003). Manufactured Landscapes (2007), which deals with the work of artist Edward Burtynsky, has been shown in theatres in over 15 countries, and Act of God (2009) opened the Hot Docs festival. Baichwal is currently working on a film about water with Edward Burtynsky, Nick de Pencier and Daniel Iron.

Payback Screenings (admission is free):
Sunday, February 3 in Pointe-de-l’Église (7pm)
Monday, February 4 in Moncton (7pm) and Caraquet (7:30 pm)
Tuesday, February 5 in Fredericton (7pm)
Thursday, February 7 in Edmundston (7pm)

Rendez-vous de l’ONF en Acadie
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